Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

12-03-13, Druim Shionnach, Glen Shiel - Winter Climbing

Terrance enjoying the second steep pitch.
A more wintry day in Glen Shiel today. Terrance has climbed a grade IV ice climb yesterday so we had a mixed climb on the cards. Walking into Druim Shionnach we were happy to see the crags well frozen with a dusting of snow. There was some wind slab forming around the base of the crag and on the upper snow slope bowl of Cave Gully. We climbed Boxer's Buttress, which gave 2 good mixed turfy grade IV pitches, then an easier grade II pitch and a snow plod to the summit. There is some ice about but I think it is mainly the turfy mixed climbs which are in condition on these crags at the moment.
Coire an t-Slugain, Glen Shiel.
Summit snow wind Druim Shionnach.
Approach, winter again.
At the top of the first pitch.
Druim Shionnach West Face.

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